Style Sheet: Dressing for the Yacht Life at Bermuda’s America Cup
A Caribbean trip requires a selection of stylish beachwear that fits well with the laid-back vibe of the island and is appropriate for the Americas Cup. With a view to creating a travelling wardrobe that is casual yet chic, we’ve put together items from designers all over the world.
Stockholm, Paris and New York have influenced our choices for daywear, while a sparkling item from an Australian designer is your go-to for Caribbean nightlife.
This style sheet is about achieving effortless style with luxury items that aren’t instantly recognizable – an easy and relaxed approach to dressing for the enviable yachting lifestyle.
This Scandinavian designer has nailed sailing chic, and we’re filling our Bermuda-bound suitcases with items from the new collection. Our favorites include the ML lady monogrammed bikini which is instantly recognizable, and throwing the luxury Naterre Knit over the top creates the ultimate picture of relaxed style.
The one-piece swimsuit craze is still going strong, so if you haven’t already caught on, it’s not too late. We’re in love with the latest collection which was designed with pool-party lovers and global travellers in mind. Note the lace-up sides that flatter the waistline, and the gold eyelets you can match your beach jewellery to. This swimsuit comes in a range of colors and patterns…why stop at one?
A fantastic pair of flats is essential for a trip to the Caribbean and Jimmy Choo has the answer for you: introducing, e the Nickel Flat. Of course these flats are made in Italy from Nappa leather, making these the most comfortable pair of sandals you’ll probably ever own. The chain embellished straps snake their way gracefully around the foot, enhancing the arch. Slip these on with a maxi dress – they’re casual enough for day trips and stylish enough to wear while you’re sipping piña coladas at sunset.
Tongue-in-cheek slogans adorn the bags from this fun and flirty designer – they’re eye-catching and sophisticated. The range of arm candy is great for casual days out – think a white bodysuit tucked into beautifully distressed skinny jeans and wedges. There’s something for everyone – casual pastel cross body bags as well as brightly colored totes to carry on the crook of your arm, these bags double as high-fashion accessories.
Credit: Ralph Lauren – Fall Winter 2017/2018 collection
Ralph Lauren’s evening wear is a sublime line of jaw-dropping designs and floor-sweeping hemlines. Slip into this emerald sheath and allow the Caribbean breeze to lift the silk draping to reveal a flash of gold. The contemporary off-the-shoulder cut exposes the neck, allowing you to layer on statement jewellery. For a more simple look, choose some standout earrings. The ultimate item for an elegant night out in Barbados.
The Piper sunglasses from Michael Kors are a classic yet casual option for combating the Caribbean rays. A take on the aviator shape, these frames flatter all face shapes and they come in a range of colors so you can be sure to match your sunglasses with your wardrobe choices.
Credit: Louis Vuitton – America’s Cup 2017 Collection
There’s nothing kitsch about matching luggage when it’s Louis Vuitton. Emblazoned with the Gaston V signature, this striking collection has been exclusively created for the America’s Cup. The vibrant colors on the Damier capture the Louis Vuitton spirit of travel, freedom and skill. The Sac Marin, Sac Polochon50 and Apollo backpack are a stylish solution for the gentleman who travels light.
Using a Japanese dry process, John Elliott has created a range of unique jeans that remove any stress that you might be seen wearing the same item as someone else. The Cast 2 line is made from stretch denim for the perfect skinny leg fit, and is best worn with a chunky pair of sneakers to enhance the look. What we love most? The chalky multicolor highlights that give these jeans the name ‘Skittles’ and the fact the distressing is unique to each pair.
Straight out of the Jimmy Choo Pre Fall Collection, the Colt sneakers are a must-pack item for Barbados. Made from gleaming white calf leather, these high top trainers are water-resistant (a feature we love for island getaways) and feature three star shaped studs on the back. These comfortable, durable shoes are perfect for travel teamed with jeans, or shorts for days sightseeing and sailing. The best part: they also come in blue.
Hartford’s vintage beachwear gets its edge from its mixed roots – Paris and New York both play a role in the designer’s history and inspiration of the pieces created. The easy, casual vibe of the Hartford man nails what you should be going for in Bermuda – a comfortable patterned short with a t-shirt. The fashion stakes are raised with the double denim effect: an open shirt and relaxed-fit blazer.